Spell nature stoneclawtotem
  • Barkskin
  • 1 min cooldown
  • Instant cast
  • The Druid's skin becomes as tough as bark, reducing all damage taken by 20% for 12 sec. While protected, damaging attacks will not cause spellcasting delays.

    Usable while stunned, frozen, incapacitated, feared, or asleep, and in all forms.
Usable by
Casting timeInstant cast
Cooldown1 min
SpecializationBalance, Guardian, Restoration
Level required44
Related buff
Spell nature stoneclawtotem
  • Barkskin
  • All damage taken reduced by 20%.
  • Duration: 12 Seconds
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For the Furbolg tribe, see Barkskin tribe.
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Barkskin is a druid ability learned at level 44 for those with either the Balance, Guardian, or Restoration specializations.

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Tips and tacticsEdit

  • This spell gives you the opportunity to cast a spell without suffering pushback.
  • This spell is especially useful for casting [Tranquility] and [Hurricane], as they are very expensive, and Tranquility in particular has a long cooldown. Even though you can still be interrupted by counterspell mechanics, Barkskin will allow the full duration of the spell to take place in lieu of damaging attacks.
  • Barkskin has no global cooldown, so you can add it into macros to cast it automatically when using the aforementioned skills, or any other combination, such as [Frenzied Regeneration] or [Enrage].
  • If you main tank Sartharion with drakes up, Barkskin will enable you to take Flame Breaths that would otherwise one shot you.
  • In PvP, using Barkskin when [Cheap Shot] or [Kidney Shot] by a rogue or [Hammer of Justice]d by a paladin may give you the edge to survive the encounter, especially if caught in caster form.


Patch changes Edit

  • Warlords-Logo-Small Patch 6.0.2 (14-October-2014): Barkskin is now available to Balance, Guardian, and Restoration Druids.
  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.6 (8-Feb-2011): Barkskin is no longer dispellable.; Druids can correctly cast Barkskin while silenced.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Shield Wall, Barkskin, Guardian Spirit, and Divine Protection are now off the Global Cooldown.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.4.3 (2008-07-15): The cost of Barkskin is now reduced by Tree of Life Form.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): Barkskin cannot be used while under the spell effect of Cyclone.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.1.0 (22-May-2007): Barkskin now reduces all damage taken, with its duration reduced to 12 seconds and cooldown reduced to 1 minute. The tooltip has been adjusted to indicate this ability can be used while frozen, incapacitated, or cowering in fear. That functionality was already present, but not listed in the tooltip.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.3 (09-Jan-2007): Barkskin is now usable while stunned. Adjusted the tooltip for Barkskin to reflect the proper functionality.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.3.0 (07-Mar-2005): Added.

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